A new Student Charter has been published by the University.
The aim of the Student Charter is to set out the core principles of the partnership between the University of Birmingham, its students and the Guild of Students. The Charter applies to all students of the University following taught or research programmes, whether studying on or off campus.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Eastwood, and David Franklin, President of the Guild of Students (2012-2013), have said of the Student Charter, 'As a statement of mutual expectations and aspirations, the Student Charter provides a framework that allows the creation of an environment in which enquiry, research, learning and personal development can flourish. By undertaking the responsibilities within the Student Charter we can all contribute to, and take pride in, the ongoing development of a vibrant and confident student community.'
The Charter sets out responsibilities of students, the University and the Guild. All students have the responsibility to 'Treat all members of the University community with respect' and 'Comply with the University’s policies and procedures.' The Charter also stresses the importance of all students making the most of their programme and the opportunities at the University, and states that it is the responsibility of students to 'Engage with University initiatives to promote environmental sustainability.'
The Charter states the responsibilities of the University such as ensuring all students 'Can make use of appropriate learning resources and support so that they can take responsibility for their own learning, and improve their knowledge, understanding, career development, skills and competencies.' The Charter also emphasises the responsibility of the University to ensure that students 'Can express and debate their views freely within the law.'
The responsibilities of the Guild are also outlined in the Student Charter. Some of the responsibilities of the Guild include using 'resources responsibly in the interest of students and re-invest student spending back into Guild services' and to 'Offer support to students in formal University procedures.'
More information on the Student Charter and full outlines of the responsibilities of all three parties can be found here on the University website.
Written by Joy Onah